Pre-School Conference Spring 2019

President Towner Sets Expectations for Faculty and Staff as Spring Semester Approaches

With the advent of the Spring 2019 semester, Coahoma Community College and Coahoma Early College High School employees received updates on efforts from the Achieving the Dream initiative that CCC entered a partnership with last fall.

President Towner Sets Expectations for Faculty and Staff as Spring Semester Approaches

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Mon Jan 7, 2019

Pre-School Conference Spring 2019

With the advent of the Spring 2019 semester, Coahoma Community College and Coahoma Early College High School employees received updates on efforts from the Achieving the Dream initiative that CCC entered a partnership with last fall.

Chief of Staff Jerone Shaw began the meeting saying ‘Welcome Back’ and wishing faculty and staff members a Happy New Year while also urging them to remember to do their part in conserving energy. Dean of Academic Affairs Rolanda Brown welcomed aboard new art instructor Geoff Latham, who joined the CCC faculty over the winter break.

Institutional Effectiveness director Margaret Dixon gave a heads-up on the on-site campus visit scheduled for September 21-24 of the year 2020, by SACSCOC, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The visit will evaluate departments, such as the financial aid office, to determine whether they’re in compliance with revised recertification standards.

Achieving the Dream QEP director Glynda Duncan also spoke on the team work currently progressing toward better student advisement, orientation and faculty development. She announced that the Quality Enhancement Plan group will conduct a pilot program in the fall 2019 semester.

“We’re halfway through with the three-year time plan that they have given us,” she said.

The topic that the group has chosen to guide Coahoma Community College toward student success is ‘Road to Success: Revitalizing Orientation, Advising and Development of Faculty.’

Duncan informed that her team has launched a website based on the Road to Success topic. Students will soon participate in an art contest, from which the group will select a visual for the online site. The survey data collected from the Spring meeting will further assist the QEP team in improving and reinforcing the advisement process.

President Towner lectured the instructors and staff members on the need for leadership values to drive forward the mission of transforming and saving students’ lives. He first defined the value of professionalism.

“We want to be a place that is revered, that is known to always engage in being positive, always have care, always have uplift to the people that we deal with, people that we come in contact with,” Towner said, reminding them that the way to humility is taking the high road. “We have to handle people professionally.”

He pointed out that the underlying aim for the institution is to have “great student advisement and retention.”

Commendable teaching is another value Towner wants Coahoma’s instructors to embody. He added that instructors should embrace the importance of graduation, or program completion. The support of staff members can help sustain this attribute. In addition to great teaching, Towner explained how individual interaction can make a huge difference in students’ lives.

“Achieving the Dream can help us ensure that students not only get to school but also set a goal and finish,” he continued.

“If you work at this institution, you are Coahoma…If we take care of Coahoma, we’ll get great results.”

Towner pointed out that everyone is a leader and ended the lecture saying that he hopes to implement the practice of responding with ‘My Pleasure’ rather than ‘You’re Welcome’ or ‘No problem’ to signify that services at Coahoma Community College are carried out with the delight of a servant.